A late onslaught was not enough for the University of Wisconsin mens soccer team as it fell to IUPUI, 2-1 at McClimon Soccer Complex Friday night. The loss drops the Badgers to 3-4-0 on the season, while IUPUI advanced to 6-1-0.
I didnt feel that we had the energy and urgency early on that we should have, and it cost us, said head coach Jeff Rohrman on the teams overall effort. It was much to reactive for this team, so we have to turn it around and get going in the right direction pretty quickly.
IUPUI shocked the Badgers with two early goals in the first half. Although Wisconsin was able to contain standout Vangel Nacovski, who has 11 goals on the season, they could not silence the rest of the Jaguar attack. Adrian Conrad was involved in both IUPUI goals scoring the first at 12:32 and assisting the second goal by Nic Wedig minutes later at 18:29.
The only Badger goal came late in the game as they went on the offensive with a commanding fury. In a chaotic moment in the IUPUI 20 yard box freshman Erik Ortega found senior forward Jed Hohlbein who slipped the ball past goalkeeper Peter Brasovan at 86:24.
Wisconsin had other opportunities to capitalize in the final minutes of the game including multiple dead ball kicks just outside the box, six second half corner kicks and a penalty kick. The Badgers out-shot IUPUI 16-10, but could not find the back of the net to salvage a tie.
Despite the disappointing loss, Rohrman remained positive. We can play good soccer, but tonight was much to reactive, he said. We have to prepare more and do a better job of taking care of the little details.
The Badgers will get that chance Sept. 29th at 3 p.m. as they play Northern Illinois on the road. Northern Illinois, currently 6-3-0, should provide an even match up for Wisconsin.
Coach Rohrman is confident its a game they can win. I believe in this team. I believe we are a quality team and we can play some good soccer, he said. We can and will win games.